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Old 10-02-2013, 06:04 PM   #11
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Hornady XTPs are all I've used in my 44 mags.I started hunting with them in the 90s and have dropped several deer with them.The farthest any have run was about 75 yards and that just happened once. Most only take a step or 2.

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nitestalker With a little more trial and error you will change your mind about using hardcaste on thin skinned game. A heaver soft point or heavy bonded HP works so much better or elk too. Nice to have the option of some expansion .

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I picked up a box of Speer 240gr SP today. I'll try putting a few together. The box of 100 was under $30 so even if I don't like them for deer they are still good cheap HD ammo.

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I also recommend a hard cast....my favorite is 14.7gr of AA#7 with a
240 SWC....good luck!

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Hardluc, After over 50 years of hunting and guiding in the Rocky Mtns. not likely.

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Hardcast bullets break bones and seldom get deflected. Put one in the vitals the deer goes down.

I've used hp rifle ammo in the form of hornady amax on deer and did not enjoy losing so much meat.

Soft point jacketed or cast lead is the way to go.

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You can shoot a deer with a .22 (the caliber of choice for poachers) in the vitals and it will also go down, but I would never hunt with one. I use a revolver (.357) with no scope and hitting a deer in the heart is not as easy as it sounds. Off an inch or two and a hard cast goes straight through the deer and you're in for a long walk. With a bullet like the Hornady XTP you have a better chance at the deer falling right where you shot it. I'm in my 60's and long walks dragging a deer are no longer as "fun" as they used to be.

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JonM You you used a A Max on deer !!! Guess you learn something anyhow. What hardcast and sp got to do with a rifle cartridge. Different cartridge with different needs. Back to handguns put one thru the shoulders and deer goes down, hopefully, put one thru the lungs and deer runs a ways a long ways most times. s

nitestacker 50 years?? I only have 43 years of hunting. 20 of that with handguns for hogs in the off season. IF you have to worry about grizzles stop'n for a snack then you carry hardcast in your handgun and learn when to let a animal walk on IF you don't have the right shoulder shot. If all your hunting is muledeer, white tails, elk and the likes. bump the weight up to 270 or 300grains and sling a sp or bonded hp. Not a hardcast unless you can gar-o-tee a shoulder shoot. Cause if you whisle a hardcast thru a deers or elks lungs you probably will be looking for them in the next county as your not getting anymore than a nice neat 429 caliber hole.

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Speer 210 grain gold dots. Makes a nice hole and expands well in the 1200+ fps range. Nice bullet with a flatter trajectory than the heavier 240-300 grain slugs. Also much less recoil to deal with, so a faster followup shot if its needed.

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Maybe a little off the subject and if it is mods please pull it. I keep reading about meat loss from bullets wrecking too much meat. I've been hunting a lot of years and killed a lot of big game and the only time I've lost meat is when I don't hit the critter where I should. Shot thru the lungs the only damage is to the very little meat between the ribs and a lot of guys don't even bother with that. Neck shots especially on elk are great as no one I know takes the neck meat anyhow. If your shooting into muscle you shouldn't be as that's where the eating is and the vitals aint. FRJ

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